The Low Down on DIY – Part 3

Happy Monday to everyone!!!

We’re finally back with a doozy of a post to wrap up our DIY

If you haven’ read the first two parts in this series, you can start with Part 1 here -> https://uptowndesigns.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/the-low-down-on-diy-part-1/

Now it’ stone to get down to the nitty gritty!

The REAL work comes next!

And by real work, I mean the designing, the printing, and the CUTTING! I you’re doing pocketfolds, or anything that requires layers of paper, we can’t forget about the glueing!

Designing – if you aren’t confident with the design aspect, you can buy a design that is ready to print.

Here is a sample of one that we currently offer in our Etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/193723003/monogram-invitation-customized-digital

Stationery designed by: www.uptowndesigns.ca Photography by: www.hrkvc.com

Stationery designed by: http://www.uptowndesigns.ca
Photography by: http://www.hrkvc.com

More of those are coming as well!

Now for the time…..have you put much thought into this? No? Well, let me break it down for you.

Did you book a minimum of 20 hours of your time to invest in this? You may think I am joking about this amount of time, but putting your invitations will take time and most likely more time than what you are thinking. My suggestion would be to guess how much time it will take you and then double it! The last thing you want to do is stress about how little time you have to get them done.

Did you purchase extra supplies just in case you make a mistake? I do this for a living and I STILL make mistakes. I usually recommend to purchase a minimum of 15% extra supplies when you’re putting them together. If you end up having some leftover, you can always use it for signage at your reception!

The tools are one part that people don’t even consider and you really should as this can add a considerable dollar amount to your budget!

Do you have all of the tools that you may need?

Depending on your design, you will definitely need something to cut with.

You can definitely use a fiskars trimmer, which is most likely the most cost effective option. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase additional blades, which will add to your overall costs!  Depending on the tool, blades can be as much as $14.99 for a TWO pack and you will go through at least two packs for 100 invitations.

Adhesives – this is one thing that I am a bit particular about. 😉 you see, I love DIY, and I love receiving DIY invitations. My big pet peeve is when I receive a DIY invitation and it falls apart within 3 days of receiving it!

Yes, this has happened.

Please, please, please use something that will not come apart when your guests decides to pick up your gorgeous invite the day before the wedding and it falls apart in their hands. I use a paper glue that is available at most scrapbooking stores and it is practically like crazy glue for paper! I have invitations that I put together 5 years ago and I guarantee that they won’t fall apart!

With every aspect of the DIY project I think the first step is always –
Do your research! Make sure you take your time on this step. The last thing you want is to make costly mistakes that end up increasing your budget greater than having someone else do them for you!

I think with any project, the MOST important thing to remember is that DIY projects are supposed to be fun!

Give yourself extra time and BE PREPARED and you will be successful!

If there are any DIY topics that you are curious about, shoot me a message and I would be happy to write something about it!

Have a fabulous day!!!

xo Danika

 

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Letterpress Love…

If you’ve read my blog before, you may already know that I am just a tad obsessed with letterpress.

There’s something about the ultra thick cotton paper and the care that it takes to make a perfect impression on each invitation that just makes me swoon.

Yes, I said swoon. I am in love. With letterpress (and my hubby of course!). I recently took the plunge and bought myself a machine.

I thought I was in love before. Ha! The first time I made a perfect quality thank you note with my wee machine, I jumped up and down in my office!!

Yep, I surely did. This is the beginning of a love affair. And here it is. My first yay me letterpress thank you card!

Stay tuned for more projects coming soon! I’m working on some birthday invites, wedding invites and business cards so stay tuned for some really exciting projects coming soon!!!

I am excited beyond words folks!!! It’s a happy dance kind of day for sure!!!

Have a fabulous day!

xo Danika

Fairy tales, graffiti and glittery gold….

Good Morning!!!!

Well, if you’re in my area maybe not a great morning.  The weather is not so nice, but I’m loving the fact that it’s a Snow Day today!  YAY!

You may be wondering what those things have in common. Well, not much at all actually.

If you’re in the area, you’ve most likely heard of The Creative Bride. A few months ago she asked if I would put together some invitations for a few booths she was decorating for local bridal shows.

There were a few different themes for a few amazing venues plus her seriously awesome and extremely original booth!

Check out some of the photos below!

The cream pocketfold and gold was one of my favourite designs and was put together for the Walper in Kitchener, Ontario.  It just had such a romantic feel.  The envelopes had sparkly liners in them with a subtle gold pattern of vintage flowers (LOVE LINERS!).

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This was an Enchanted Forest theme for the Black Forest Inn

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This graffiti theme was SO much fun and a little more challenging.  🙂  It isn’t often that I have a bride ask for graffiti themed stationery – well let’s say never!  Haha!  The place cards and table names were designed to look like a brick wall with paint splatters and graffiti writing on them.  The invitation, RSVP, and envelope wrap were designed to be a little more modern (note the heart on the envelope wrap with a tattoo vibe).

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Have a fabulous day and check out the amazing venues, decor/planner, photographer, and of course little old me (stationery) at the links below!

Most importantly….have a fabulous day!!!!!!

xo Danika

Stationery – Uptown Designs

Decor/Planning – The Creative Bride

Photography – One 2 One Photography

Gold Theme – Walper Hotel

Enchanted Forest Theme – The Black Forest Inn

Wedding Invitation Wording

Now here’s a topic that I’m sure everyone is REALLY excited about! Wording!!!

Mr and Mrs Smith request the honour of your presence….
Or should you request the pleasure of their company?
Perhaps you’d rather just tell your guests that you’re getting hitched and having a backyard party?

When it comes to wording, you’ll have to think about the style of event you are hosting. Will it be a formal affair with gowns and tuxedos? Are you having a casual backyard wedding where sundresses and khakis are more appropriate?

So much to think about right? Why yes, yes it is. Even though an invitation is “just a piece of paper” – please note to NEVER say this to your invitation designer 😉
An invitation communicates so much to your guests!

For example – if you’re having a casual backyard wedding, you probably wouldn’t send out something like this
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You can’t read the wording, but this one is extremely formal. What do I mean by that?

Well, the wording goes a little something like this:

Mr and Mrs Edward Cavanaugh
request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter
Katherine Marie
to
Johnathan Marcus
son of Mr and Mrs Christopher Grayson

Saturday the twenty fourth of November
two thousand and twelve
Half past Three in the afternoon
Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church
Waterloo, Ontario

Dinner reception to follow
six o’clock in the evening
The Tannery Event Centre
Kitchener Ontario

Formal, right?

You’d probably want to send something a little more low key and most importantly FUN!

Like this perhaps?

Cream and light brown panel invitation with flower bouquet

This one is less formal, a little fun and incorporates the personality of the bride and groom.

“Together with their family and friends

Jackie & Craig

joyfully invite you to share in their

celebration of love, friendship, laughter, and family

as they exchange vows at the cottage.

…To be followed by an evening of food, music,

dancing, and laughter!

Guests are encouraged to dress for an outdoor ceremony and reception.

High heels and uncomfortable formal wear are not recommended.”

It all comes down to you. Yes, that’s right you. Your wedding, your wording. 🙂

*don’t forget about etiquette though* There will be another post about this coming soon!!!!

I think the point is that the wording (and the overall style) must reflect the event you are hosting.

I have lots of tips on this subject so if you are stumped, shoot me an e-mail. I can try to help!

As always – have a fabulous day!!!!

xo Danika

Confetti at your wedding?

Image Source : Polka Dot Bride

If you haven’t noticed by now, I LOVE photography…

I am constantly impressed with the shots photographers are able to captured.

Image Source : Snippet & Ink

This one below is one of my favourites!

This couple looks like they are having the time of their lives!!!!!!

Image Source : Snippet & Ink

Yes, I know…super short post today.

I do hope you enjoyed the photos though!

Have a great Thursday!

xo Danika

Vintage love

Happy Friday!

It’s getting a little bit cooler out and a LOT closer to Christmas.  I am no where close to finished my shopping, and December 1st is tomorrow!  Seriously though, I love this time of year.  🙂  Christmas music, baking (more than I would like to admit!  haha!).  My three year old is so crazy excited, he can barely control himself.

With all of that, I thought I would take a step back (or ahead) in time and talk about a sweet summer wedding.  More specifically…a vintage inspired summer wedding.

Do you love vintage inspired weddings?

I for one am totally in LOVE with them. To me, the colours have such a romantic feel and when I came across this wedding, I felt like I wanted to get married all over again!

Everything about the wedding in these pictures screams love to me.

I can’t quite decide which is my favourite detail…I love the table numbers….

The dresses are soft and perfectly co-ordinated with the decor of the wedding.

The centrepieces are to die for…

I kind of think the seating chart is my favourite little detail though…..

Have a fabulous Friday!!

xo Danika

What’s your wedding style?

A friend of mine recently shared this photo with me.

Gorgeous, isn’t it?  An intimate garden wedding….ahhhhhh…I think this is perfection.  Romantic, intimate, casual.

Image Source: Holly Mathis Interiors

Have you though about how you would like your guests to describe your wedding?

That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?

If you’re getting married, I’m guessing you’ve probably spent hours scouring the internet trying to find a style that fits your personality.  I know I did when I was getting married.

Once you figure out your wedding style, then comes the real work.  Usually the dress, venue, photographers, and invitations are on your mind first, right?  (If you’d like some recommendations, check out our website at http://www.uptowndesigns.ca for our trusted list of vendors!)

When you start thinking about your invitations , you should try to figure out what you want your invitation to convey to your guests.  From the invitation, they should get an idea of what style of wedding you are having, which will help them decide what they should wear!

The invitation below was designed for an intimate wedding that was being held at an Italian restaurant.

This was designed for a couple having an intimate wedding at an Italian restaurant.

This invitation would also work for a wedding in a barn like this one ->

Image Source Glitterandgoldblog.com

Kind of perfect, wouldn’t you say?
I thought so too!  🙂

Make sure your wedding style is yours though!  Your wedding day is probably going to be one of the most important AND memorable days of your life.  Make it you….
Have a fabulous Saturday!

xo Danika

I think I wanna marry you!

Happy Thursday!  You know what that means, right?  It’s almost the weekend!  I can’t believe how much this week has flown by…did I mention we are also one day closer to the next SAMCRO episode?  I am an addict.  For sure.  And Kurt Sutter really left us hanging by a thread this week though.
Enough about my love, and onto someone else’s.  🙂

I realize that if you ever watch proposal videos, then you have most likely seen this one before.   This one is by far my favourite though!  I love it!  The emotion on this girls face is so incredible that I was laughing and crying right along with her when I watch.  I also kind of love the song!

Here is the back story…

On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent’s house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He “wanted to play her a song”…

What she got instead was the world’s first Live Lip-Dub Proposal.

Enjoy!

Did you love it as much as I do?

Do you have another proposal video that you love even more?  Send it to me!  I would love to see it!

danika@uptowndesigns.ca

Have a super fabulous Thursday!

xo Danika

Rain, rain, don’t go away quite yet……

Sounds odd to say, right? Especially on your wedding day?

The thing is that if you have a super fabulous photographer, then you are in luck. Yes, I know getting wet can be a little frustrating when you’re hair is done, make up is done, and you’re probably wearing the most beautiful gown you’ll wear in your life. The fact is that the memories you can capture with a little rain are phenomenal.

Take these photos for example ->;;;

Image Source : onewed.com

Are you in love with the colourful umbrellas as much as I am?

Photographers are like artists…teditions the best lighting to take your pictures in and can edit your photos to create the most amazing memories of your wedding day!

Like this one ->;;;

Image Source : Andrew Scott Photography

Can you imagine how perfect the timing had to be to get this one???

Image Photography by Martine Sansoucy

I’ve shown you this one before, but I LOVE IT!

Image Source : Flash Flavour

And if you’re a prepared bride, you may end up with some pictures of matching rain boots, although mis-matched is more fun in my humble opinion!!!!!

Image Source : Modern Weddings Hawaii

I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with pictures, but I can’t get enough of wedding day shots with rain.

Have a fabulous day! (even though it’s miserable out!!)

xo Danika

A practically perfect Sunday…

Happy Monday!!!!!!

This past weekend some friends and I went for a fabulous day of wine tasting at a few choice wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario.  We sampled a whole lot of wine, some yummy chocolates, and some seriously amazing cheese and I couldn’t resist sharing a little about these places with all of you(these could spark an idea for wedding location!)!

My favourite by far was Megalomaniac.  This winery is underground and set in the top of a hill overlooking Niagara and Hamilton.

I’m not sure if I was more impressed by the location or the branding of this company.  You can certainly tell the owner is passionate about wine and has a great sense of humour.  The wine is fabulous and honestly…who would name a Riesling “Narcissist” or a Pinot Noir named “sonofabitch” <- this wasn’t available yet, but you can bet that I’m going back for a bottle!

Wondering where the name of the winery came from? -> “What’s with the name? I originally wanted to christen these wines in my name, John Hovard,…and then my good friends accused me of being yet another”[profanity withheld] Megalomaniac”. Regrettably, the name stuck.”

Our second stop was at Vineland Estates Winery.

This winery really does have a lot to offer.  A restaurant, a carriage house where you can host an intimate wedding, or a bed and breakfast for an anniversary perhaps?

We sampled several wines and while I am usually a red drinker, this winery sold me on their St. Urban Riesling (couldn’t resist taking one of these home!).

They also had a variety of chocolates and my favourite?  Salt and pepper…yes I said salt and pepper CHOCOLATE.  We’ve all experience the salted caramel ice cream, or a chocolate bar with sea salt sprinkled on top, but the salt and pepper chocolate was surprisingly delicious!

Our third stop was Stoney Ridge.

The wine here was fabulous (my favourite being a dessert wine called “Passion”), but they also have a very impressive cheese shop.  Impressive may be a slight understatement.  They had Irish Dubliner cheese and Irish cheddar with Guiness, but by far my favourites were a carmelized onion, and a mango ginger stilton cheese <- this tasted like cheesecake.

There are so many wineries in the region, and I love how each one had their own personality that was conveyed through their wines.

What a fantastic day with some equally fantastic ladies.  I would love to do it again sometime (or maybe steal my husband away for a weekend!).

Have a fabulous Monday!

xo Danika

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